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BT's expected takeover of mobile broadband provider EE remains on-course, Gavin Patterson has revealed.

In BT's financial report for the third quarter of 2014-15, the firm's Chief Executive made direct reference to the potential acquisition of EE.

He noted that mobility is "a key growth area" for his company, which is looking to offer mobile services alongside broadband, home phone and pay-TV.

"We are making good progress on our due diligence in relation to a possible acquisition of EE and will make further announcements in due course," Mr Patterson added.

"In the meantime, our Consumer mobile launch plans remain on track."

BT's re-entry into the mobile market - which it left in 2005 with the sale of O2 to Telefonica - has been widely expected for some time.

BT signalled its intention by bidding successfully for 4G spectrum in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz auction staged by Ofcom in spring 2013.

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